Shad meaning

shăd
Any of several marine food fishes chiefly of the genus Alosa, especially A. sapidissima of northern North American waters, which swims up rivers to spawn. Shad are closely related to herring.
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Any of various marine or freshwater clupeid fishes.
  • An American coastal food fish (Alosa sapidissima).
  • A species (Dorosoma cepedianum) widely introduced into fresh waters of the U.S. as food for other fish.
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Any one of several species of food fishes that comprise the genus Alosa in the family Clupeidae, to which the herrings also belong; river herring.
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Origin of shad

  • Middle English schad from Old English sceadd
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English sceadd, either from Celtic (see Irish Gaelic sgadan (“herring"), Welsh ysgadan) or from Scandinavian (see dialectical Norwegian skadd (“small whitefish")
    From Wiktionary